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RATINGS: 2169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows us to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self righteous ale. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale. Yes, we damn well know our stuff here at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of us not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of ours is. Thus the name we are compelled to give it ... Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale ... serves as a reminder of just how good we are, in both liquid and verbal form. We re certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we re simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When youre good, youre good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this beer is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

First brewed in 2007 as Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this beer was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didnt last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldnt be any more. For Us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this beer on a full time basis.. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Solid. Bomber shared with the Meter Peter. I believe this is very reminiscent of the Black Lie done by Bagby over at P.Port. I like this black IPA idea. A lot. Why not make more of these? Middle tongue = roasty, dark chocolate, oak. Transitions to a big fat lingering finish of pine needles and resin. Did I mention, solid? Solid. I like it - good work Stone - this one does not disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4558) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a red tinge, and a nice light tan head with good lacing. Aroma of bitter resinous hops, pine, floral, caramel malt, and hints of chocolate. Flavors of a a well balanced (yet strong) IIPA, but with roasted malt and chocolate... quite interesting. Heavy on the hops, heavy on the malt, and a nice roasted number. Iíll have to get more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle shared with chadzter. Pours dark brown with an average, frothy, light brown head, lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, cookie), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine, spruce), light yeast (dough) with notes of light alcohol. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Aroma is bursting with the scent of fresh hops. Color is almost black with touch of red in it. Carbonation is good with a very nice thick tight tan head. Taste is rich, bold and hoppy. Starting with a full body it goes down crisp with a rich feel coming on. The finish rolls in with a bold almost sharp sweetness that is followed up by a strong citrus hop flavor and bitterness. In the aftertaste the bitterness seems to sharpen and a mellow roasted flavor comes in. This is a very interesting beer and is exactly what I was thinking a black IPA would be, they nailed this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1416) - Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Strong pine/citrus hop aroma to start the beer off. It pours a dark red, almost black, with a huge tan head. Yeah... this isnít an ASA. Itís a pitch black IPA. Strong citrus bitterness, with a touch of chocolate/caramel malts balancing it out. Nice thick mouthfeel, with a long bitter finish. Too bad I donít think this will age well. Looks like I have to drink it all now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2007
22oz bottle pours very dark brown with a big tan creamy head that stays well with lots of lace. Aromas of pine slight grapefruit and some chocolate and burnt notes. Flavor is mostly caramel and pine but there are grapefruit notes, much roast, and slight chocolate hints. Interestingly complex and honestly quite delightful in the mouth. Feels full in body but very easy to drink. Another fine brew that is worthy of an anniversary celebration! Stone never disappoints!! Great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Pours an almost black color into the tulip glass. There were small hints of amber hues on the edges. There was a nice inch tan head the whole time. The scent was hoppy with some resin, chocolate and malt making itís way through. A beautiful smell here. Creamy, malty taste upfront with the hops screaming for some recognition. What a beer, complex with good balance. Hints of IPA, Strong Ale, and Imperial Stout in one perfect pour. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bomber bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter. Pours much like a porter with a deep ruby brown hue topped by a long lasting creamy beige head and left excellent lace upon the glass. The aroma is pure IIPA with a lot of piney resiny and fruity hops as reels and jigs around your nose setting step for what is Down On the Corner. There is some chocolate and charred malts notes along with a light spicy ester out and about Ready For Action.

The taste is more akin to a hopped-up porter with interplay of bittersweet and caramel malts dancing cheek to cheek with a fresh pine citric hop partner, doe see doe, lets have a hoedown! The Famous Final Scene is wonderfully hop spiced and offered up some mint snap. What a Hootenanny of flavors. Feel your love upon the crisp and sharp palate.

Well, itís shininí brightly. I donít think thereís too much doubt. This time baby, Stone got it all worked out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Poured a lightly hazy, brown red color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus, amarillo, and caramel malt. Taste of toffee, roasted malts, light tobacco, pine, grapefruit, citrus fruits, chinook hops, molasses, and light alcohol as well. Really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Pours a deep black with a large tan head. This is an amazingly well balanced beer. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, a touch of citrus - mostly grapefruit, and some pine. Creamy and full bodied with beatiful flavor transitions. Sweet upfront, caramel and chocolate flavors quickly meld into a touch of fruity, grapefruit, pine, and hop flavors. The finish is strong but far from overwhelming. Good stuff!

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